Thoma Bravo To Buy Coupa Software (COUP) For $8 Billion

By Amit Chowdhry ● Dec 12, 2022
  • Coupa Software (NASDAQ: COUP) announced an agreement to be acquired by Thoma Bravo for $8 billion. These are the details.

Coupa Software (NASDAQ: COUP) announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Thoma Bravo. This is an all-cash transaction with an enterprise value of $8 billion. Upon completion of the transaction, Coupa will become a privately held company.

The deal includes a significant minority investment from a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA). Under the terms of the agreement, Coupa shareholders will receive $81 per share in cash, which represents a 77% premium to Coupa’s closing stock price on November 22, 2022, the last full trading day prior to media reports regarding a possible sale transaction involving the company. The deal also represents a premium of approximately 64% to the volume weighted average closing price of Coupa stock for the 30 trading days ending on November 22, 2022.

Approvals and Timing

The deal, which was approved unanimously by the Coupa Board of Directors, is expected to close in the first half of 2023, subject to customary closing conditions, including approval by Coupa shareholders and the receipt of required regulatory approvals. The deal is not subject to a financing condition.

Upon completion of the transaction, Coupa’s common stock will no longer be listed on any public market. And the company will continue to operate under the Coupa name and brand.


“For more than a decade, we’ve been building an incredible Business Spend Management Community and have proudly cemented our position as the market-leading platform in our category. We’re looking forward to partnering with Thoma Bravo and accelerating our vision to digitally transform the Office of the CFO. While our ownership may change, our values do not. Every one of us at Coupa will continue to put our customers at the center of everything we do and help them maximize the value of every dollar they spend.”

— Rob Bernshteyn, chairman and chief executive officer at Coupa

“This transaction is the result of a deliberate and thoughtful process that included engagement with both strategic and financial parties. The Board evaluated the transaction against the company’s standalone prospects in the current macroeconomic climate and determined that the compelling and certain cash consideration in the transaction provides superior risk-adjusted value relative to the Company’s standalone prospects. The Board is unanimous in its belief this transaction is the optimal path forward and in the best interest of our shareholders.”

— Roger Siboni, Coupa’s lead independent director

“Coupa has created and led the large and growing Business Spend Management category. We’ve followed the company’s success for many years and have been impressed by its consistent track record of delivering high levels of value for its global customer base. We look forward to partnering with Rob and the rest of the management team to keep investing in the company’s product strategy while driving growth both organically and through M&A.”

— Holden Spaht, a Managing Partner at Thoma Bravo

“We couldn’t be more excited to partner with the talented Coupa team to keep building on the incredible franchise they’ve created in the Business Spend Management space. Our shared vision, combined with Thoma Bravo’s strategic and operational expertise, will enable Coupa to continue driving innovation, better serve its customers and accelerate important growth initiatives during this next chapter as a private company.”

— Brian Jaffee, a Partner at Thoma Bravo